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Canadian government shuts down access to work permits for Food Service Industry in Canada

The Canadian government has placed a moratorium on issuing labour market opinions for jobs in the food service industry following media reports on employer abuse of the temporary foreign worker program. Employers in the food service industry will no longer be able to hire foreign workers who require a labour market opinion to support their work permits. Employers who have applications pending or have received LMO approvals but work permits have not yet been issued to the foreign nationals will be suspended.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/temporary-foreign-worker-program-for-fast-food-sector-suspended-by-ottawa-1.2621385

As the Canadian government continues to make immigration policies based on news headlines, we can certainly anticipate more changes to the temporary foreign worker program. Stay tuned!

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Canadian government shuts down access to work permits for Food Service Industry in Canada

Immigrant investors find Canada’s door is closed

The Canadian government has decided to permanently cancel the federal investor program and wipe out the backlog of 65,000 applications currently in the queue in favour of more efficient and effective investment programs such as the Start-Up Visa program.

For more information, check out these good summaries from the Globe and Mail and the Canadian government.

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Immigrant investors find Canada’s door is closed

Canadian Citizenship – proposed changes

The Canadian government has tabled proposed amendments to Citizenship Act which focuses on “strengthen the value of Canadian Citizenship.” The main changes for applicants include:

1. Increase in the amount of time required for permanent residents to live in Canada (physical presence) – 4 out of 6 years to qualify
2. Proof of language proficiency in English or French will be required for all applicants who are 14 to 64 years of age
3. Effective immediately, increase in the application fee to $300 plus a Right of Citizenship Fee of $100 for applicants over the age of 18 and $100 for applicants 18 and under

Processing times are anticipated to be reduced significantly by 2015 as a result of the amendments.

For further details on all of the proposed changes see Strengthening and Modernizing the Citizenship Act.

 

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Canadian Citizenship – proposed changes

Just in time for Valentines Day ….

The “Expression of Interest” immigration program will launch in 2015 where Canadian employers will pick potential immigrants to Canada from a pool of qualified skilled foreign candidates. We can only hope that the success rate of “matches” through this program hosted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be higher than online dating.

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Just in time for Valentines Day ….